We had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other wayŚ
in short, the period was so far like the present period,
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received
for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face,
on the throne of England; there were a king with a large jaw
and a queen with a fair face, on the throne of France. In both countries
it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of
loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.